About Us

Welcome to Pure Dynamic Osteopathy, based in the middle of Crouch End, North London. Our experienced Osteopaths and Massage Therapists actively listen to you in order to understand your needs, and discuss a range of treatments including Osteopathy, Sports Massage, Cranial Osteopathy, Pregnancy Massage, Chi Kung and Western Acupuncture.

We recognise that pain is usually a symptom of musculo-skeletal dysfunction from other areas in the body. This may be knee pain when running caused by faulty biomechanics of the ankle or hip, neck & shoulder pain sitting at a desk or chronic lower back pain. At PureDynamic Osteopathy we treat all areas of the body (muscles, joints, ligaments etc) and not just the spine. Whilst spinal manipulation is a very effective technique to help relieve back pain and increase mobility, we believe that the condition of the patient (age, level of fitness, medication and specific problem) determines the style of treatment required. Other aspects of our treatment include specific functional exercises, nutritional advice, dry needling and hydrotherapy, together with breathing and relaxation techniques.

At PureDynamic Osteopathic clinics we aim to help patients understand the nature of their condition and education is a fundamental part of the treatment process. Following the initial sessions focusing on the immediate problem, we design an exercise-specific approach is to build pure dynamic movement patterns. This together with pain management strategies helps empower patients to take an active role in their own rehabilitation.

During each session there is time to discuss all aspects of the treatment process and any factors which may have an impact upon this. Your input in these discussions is crucial. At each stage of rehabilitation we will remain an ongoing source of support (and clinical advice).

Richard Emmerson


Richard was born in Crouch End, North London and educated at Durham University and the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, obtaining a Masters in Osteopathy. Richard has a strong sporting background having represented England Under-18’s, Saracens U21’s and Richmond 1st XV in Rugby Union and was also a member of Durham University’s title-winning Rugby 1st XV in 2003.  That experience, combined with his understanding of the body gives Richard an excellent insight into the recovery and rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injury.

Monday 8- 12 noon HTH Room 3
Tuesday 8- 6pm HTH Room 2
Thursday 8- 6pm HTH Room 1
Friday 8- 12 noon PAS
Saturday 8- 12 noon HTH Room 1

Anjlee Bakrania


Anjlee joined the Pure Dynamic Osteopathy team in 2013 and has become an invaluable member of the Crouch End team adding her expertise in Cranial Osteopathy and Naturopathy. She specialises in the treatment of pregnant women, young children and babies in Crouch End.  She is equally comfortable treating 6ft 4in rugby players.  She incorporates both Cranial Osteopathy & Naturopathy into her treatments.  Anjlee also has experience of working abroad in a paediatric Osteopathic clinic in New Zealand in 2010.

Monday 12 noon – 6pm HTH Room 1
Tuesday 8am- 6pm HTH Room 2
Thursday 8am- 6pm PAS
Friday 8am- 6pm HTH Room 1
Saturday 8- 12 noon HTH Room 1

Antonieta De Alba


Antonieta gained a Masters in Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She has a genuine love for healthy living which is reflected in her work. Antonieta specialises in treating elderly patients. Her treatments are tailored to the individual needs of each patient and she encourages them to actively participate in their journey of recovery. She enjoys playing capoeira when she is not busy helping people.

Monday 9am- 5pm HTH Room1
Wednesday 9am- 5pm HTH Room 2

Tom Fackrell


Tom has gained his Masters in Osteopathy, from the British School of Osteopathy after returning to education from a long career in the theatre and performing arts. Tom has performed in several venues worldwide including Opera at ENO.  Tom also has a broad sporting background representing Saracens in 2001, plus experience in Karate, Taekwondo, Wing Chun and Capoeira.  This combined with a deep understanding of how breathing mechanics can have a profound effect on a person’s physical and mental health makes Tom a versatile and skilled practitioner.  Tom specialises in breathing mechanics, speech, dancers and performing artists.

Monday 8am- 6pm HTH Room 2
Wednesday 8am- 6pm HTH Room 1
Friday 2-5pm Room 2
Saturday 1-5pm HTH Room 1

Sarah Elcome

Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Reflexologist

Sarah Elcome has been practising bodywork therapy for over 15 years and is qualified and experienced in Acupuncture, Massage and Reflexology.
She is competent in relieving patients from aches, pains, discomfort and has specialist knowledge with muscular-skeletal issues. Sarah has a broad understanding in energetical movement from Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is insightful into a person’s emotional spirit which has been enhanced from studies in Five Element acupuncture.
The differing modalities complement holistically and add depth to each treatment.   Sarah has a preventative perspective which allows for not only relief from symptoms but effective restorative rebalance from the cause of disease.

Tuesday 1-7.30pm HTH Room 2
Friday 2-6pm HTH Room 2


Katarina Hromnikova

Functional Personal Trainer, PoleFitness Instructor

Katarina is an exceptional Personal Trainer.  She has always been a sports, dance and fitness enthusiast. She is incredibly over qualified having studied Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise, a Pole Fitness Instructor (In 2014 was voted the 3rd best Pole Fitness Instructor in the UK). Katarina is also an Indoor Cycling and Circuits Instructor, plus is a qualified BoxingYoga™ instructor.

Her latest drive for continually pursuing excellence has led her to study functional rehabilitation under the world famous Gray institute.

Thalbert Allen

Biodynamic Cranio-sacral therapist, Shiatsu, Chi kung teacher

Founder and Director of the College of Elemental Chi Kung, Thalbert trains Chi Kung teachers, and is a Shiatsu practitioner and Bio Dynamic Cranio Sacral therapist.

Growing up in Florida in the sixties, Thalbert practiced Korean and Japanese martial arts. After time in the US Air Force, he moved towards the Chinese arts and was introduced to Tai Chi in the eighties. Focussing on the Chi Kung aspect, Thalbert later worked with Graham Horwood and studied with the founder of Hua Gong, Zhixing Wang for many years.

Anastasia Smith

Nutritional Therapist

Anastasia is a qualified nutritional therapist who firmly believes that diet and lifestyle are fundamental for preventing and managing chronic health complaints. Anastasia works using a patient-centred approach that has its focus on the underlying drivers of disease and addresses the whole person, rather than the symptoms in isolation. She believes that many of today’s most challenging, costly, and debilitating conditions, including a variety of age-related disease, are closely tied to the mismatch between dietary and lifestyle habits and genetic predispositions.